Definition of ocarina in English:


Syllabification: oc·a·ri·na
Pronunciation: /ˌäkəˈrēnə


  • A small egg-shaped wind instrument with a mouthpiece and holes for the fingers. Also called sweet potato.
    More example sentences
    • What is Elgar's patented nobilmente doing beside the evocation of harmonicas and ocarinas?
    • The woodwind players are sometimes asked to play ocarinas, those strange lemon-shaped clay whistles with simple finger-holes all over them.
    • He had a small lyre strapped to his back, and a shining ocarina hanging from a cord around his neck.


late 19th century: from Italian, from oca 'goose' (from its shape).

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